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Revenge of the Tea Partiers

In what can only be described as a major embarrassment for a sitting elected official, state Sen. Maurice Washington lost in his bid to become the new Chairman of the Washoe County Republican Party on Thursday night, losing to a frontline grassroots volunteer named Michelle Beard.

My “stringers” at the meeting say Washington was primarily hurt by his closeness to moderate establishment GOP state senate colleagues Bill Raggio and Randolph Townsend – both of whom voted for that huge room tax hike earlier this session and both of whom are expected to support whatever additional huge tax hike the Democrats come up with before the end of the session.

Seems “tea party” anger at Republicans who tax and spend too much is, indeed, real.